The Aston Martin/Red Bull brainchild keeps getting more interesting by the day.
Even though we were able to get up close and personal with Aston Martin's newest groundbreaking hypercar, the AM-RB 001 created in collaboration with Red Bull, we couldn't sniff out too many details about the powertrain aside from the fact that a V12 will be involved. However, ESPN may have just uncovered evidence that the hypercar will have a hybrid drivetrain like the Ferrari LaFerrari. This would explain how Aston Martin and Red Bull are planning to get the hypercar to lap Silverstone faster than an F1 car.
The rumors were started when Motor Trend interviewed Red Bull Racing's chief technical officer, Adrian Newey, and found that hybridization was a possibility that hadn't been decided on. He said, "It's fair to say hybrids offer a lot of opportunities." Newey followed with, "We haven't decided. I have a personal favorite I can't talk about." While no official announcement has been made, Red Bull Racing has been busy posting job adverts seeking top engineering talent. Two specific requests are for engineers skilled in hybrid technology and semi-active suspension. The hybrid drivetrain has already proved its ability to separate a "standard" supercar from a hypercar when used correctly, so we can expect it to do the same on the Aston Martin.
While it seems logical, the hybrid system has one downside. The AM-RM 001 is poised to weigh less than 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds). Adding heavy batteries and electric motors to a V12 engine means engineers will have to do some serious trimming to meet weight targets. Something that might help the AM-RB 001 is the sure-to-be groundbreaking aerodynamic technology it will feature, which, as ESPN reports, will have its effectiveness exacerbated by the semi-active suspension system. We'll hold our breath for now as the AM-RB 001's 2017 prototype release date is approaching fast. Our fingers are crossed that it's as impressive a car as Aston Martin and Red Bull claim, although the Vulcan is certainly helping the British automaker's credibility.